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Paul Gravett is a London-based writer and curator who has worked in comics publishing and promotion for over twenty years. He is the founder of ESCAPE Magazine, and writes a monthly article on comics appearing in the UK magazine COMICS INTERNATIONAL. He has written for various periodicals including The Guardian, The Comics Journal, Comic Art, Comics International, Time Out, The Daily Telegraph and Dazed & Confused.
There is a new art upon us. Cult Fiction falls into this new wave. As far as I see, it is gathering momentum and I am intrigued. It goes by many names.... Pop Surrealism, Deluxe Surrealism, Lowbrow Art, Street Art, Fifties Cartoon Art, Graphic Novels and many others. Most of this art mirrors the art that took New York by storm in the late 1970's and some artists are still riding that wave and now their work is receiving a rebirth.
The leader of the Grafitti Artists in the late 70's was Keith Haring , who took the world by storm. Though he is not still with us, the artists that survived the grafitti wave are now some of the most sought after artists today. I do believe many of these new artists are young ( not all) many are finally getting their due. But as Keith Haring had to combat the public first before any gallery would pick him up, the same story goes for these artists who almost doodle and daydream onto the canvas or paper. This artistic conversation could go on for hours. We will see where this new art goes.
Cult Fiction is a fun book, a large sized book with 96 pages. It is humorous at times and sad at other times. I have been enjoying the book because it is divided into each of the artists , so you can pick it up and put it down and it will keep your interest. It has lots of Black and White , but it is appropriate and there are some color work as well. Where does this art fit into our art world today. Time will tell. But in the meantime, we get some sort of peek . Artist joe monroe(Google, Yahoo) aka Joe Coon
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